Kevin Bacon
American film and theater actor, musician
Kevin Bacon
Kevin Norwood Bacon is an American film and theater actor and musician whose notable roles include National Lampoon's Animal House, Diner, Footloose, Flatliners, Wild Things, A Few Good Men, JFK, The River Wild, Murder in the First, Apollo 13, Hollow Man, Stir of Echoes, Trapped, Mystic River, The Woodsman, Friday the 13th, Death Sentence, Frost/Nixon, X-Men: First Class and Tremors. He currently stars on the Fox television series The Following.
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Playing 'Six Degrees of Separation' with this year's Oscar acting nominees
LATimes - 9 days
Kevin Bacon pops up in the large-ensemble “Patriots Day,” which failed to gain traction in the annual movie awards race. Still, his welcome appearance gives pause to revive his namesake “Six Degrees of Separation” parlor game. And what better time to play than with this season’s ostensibly disparate...
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Hope Permeates Sundance As Celebrities Join Thousands For Women's March
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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Ohio Becomes First State in the Nation to Ban Plywood on Vacant Homes
NPR - about 2 months
Soon, foreclosed properties will have a different look in Ohio. The state became the first in the country to ban the use of plywood over windows. Instead of a foreclosed home or building boarded up with plywood, companies must use a clear plexiglass. Supporters of the change argued that plexiglass is more durable, less of a target for vandalism, and more transparent for first responders who may be called to the scene for any reason. Republican Senator Kevin Bacon of Columbus said this helps with appearances too. “To make the neighborhoods look better and to hopefully retain an increased property value,” he said. But Democrats did not like the housing bill as a whole, saying other provisions in the legislation would chip away at housing discrimination protections.
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Mark Wahlberg in Patriots Day: Heroes at the Lotos Club and Marathon: The Patriot's Day Bombing on HBO
Huffington Post - 3 months
Two excellent films bring a dark day to life: Peter Berg's Patriots Day and Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's Marathon The Patriot's Day Bombing. Peter Berg's Patriots Day, a new feature on the Boston marathon bombing refreshes us on the details of terrorism through the eyes of a policeman working that day. Mark Wahlberg stars, portraying a composite character in a film hewing so close to the facts, that in a shootout with the two brothers who are known to have committed the horrendous act of planting homemade bombs in knapsacks along the race route finish line, he counted the gunshots and explosions in the soundtrack to make the explosive scene as authentic as possible. The result is thrilling, as nail biting and exciting as Berg's Lone Survivor, or any film he's made to date, enacting the bombing, carjacking, shootout, and capture of the younger bomber. At the Lotos Club on Monday, former NYC police commissioner Mike Kelley and many others joined Berg, Wahlberg, and Kevin Bacon, wh ...
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12 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week
Yahoo News - 3 months
If you thought last week’s trailers were awesome, then grab some popcorn. We have a few exciting clips for you, including the first full trailers for Beauty and the Beast and Ghost in the Shell, two highly anticipated titles. DON’T MISS: New MacBook Pro ad places Apple’s laptop among some of history’s greatest inventions A Kind of Murder Walter is a regular guy, living a normal life in the 1960's New York. The architect has a secret passion, however, and that’s figuring out an unsolved murder. A Kind of Murder launches on December 16th, starring Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, and Haley Bennett. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12zoi09mRoE Beauty and the Beast It’s finally here, the first trailer for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast remake was released a few days ago. March 17th can’t come soon enough. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvW_L8sTu5E Before I Fall Come March 3rd, we’re going to see a different kind of Groundhog Day movie. Sam relives the same day over and over, the day of her deat ...
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'Kevin Bacon' the runaway pig rounded up in Halifax - CTV News
Google News - 4 months
CTV News 'Kevin Bacon' the runaway pig rounded up in Halifax CTV News HALIFAX -- A wayward pig named Kevin Bacon has been returned to his owner, thanks to a couple of bemused police officers. The members of the Halifax force spotted the potbellied pig waddling along a street in Dartmouth earlier this week. Constables ... 'Kevin Bacon' corralled by policeTheChronicleHerald.ca Kevin Bacon the pig sends officers on chase through DartmouthCBC.ca Kevin Bacon the pig captured by police after romp around HalifaxHants Journal all 5 news articles »
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Kevin Bacon Regretfully Declines Small Town's 'Baconfest' Invite
ABC News - 6 months
The event kicks off in Battleboro, Vermont, this weekend.
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Kevin Bacon loves Baconfest invite, is sorry he can't attend
Yahoo News - 6 months
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — The town has struck out in its attempt to bring home the bacon — Kevin Bacon, that is.
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Six Degrees of Separation? Facebook Finds a Smaller Number
NYTimes - about 1 year
Just think of yourself as being that much closer to the actor Kevin Bacon.
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Kevin Bacon and Billy Shore: Hungry For Change
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Individuals from every walk of life and companies of all sizes are becoming more aware of their responsibility to give back to those who need it most. Literally translated, the word philanthropy means, "love of humanity." I recently connected with two individuals whose goals and actions are motivated by a purely altruistic love of humanity. Actor and musician Kevin Bacon, parlayed a pop culture game sensation into something more meaningful by founding SixDegrees.org -- an organization that connects celebrities with good causes through social networking. He also devotes time and effort toward a cause he is passionate about -- wiping out childhood hunger. Bacon works with the Share Our Strength Organization whose No Kid Hungry campaign provides kids in need with healthy food and educates their families on how to cook nutritious, affordable meals. Billy Shore, Founder and CEO of Share Our Strength is committed to engaging the public and policymakers to make ending child hunger a nati ...
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Give Yourself the Happiest (and Surprisingly Healthy) Holiday Gift: Volunteer
Huffington Post - about 1 year
We are natural-born givers. Oh, you may not think so, especially when your rent goes up (again), or your brother refuses to lend you his wheels, or the pizza place won't honor your one-day-expired coupon. But we are. I'm not even talking about the more obvious forms of giving: contributing dollars to charity, donating to Goodwill, sponsoring a foster child in a far away country. I'm talking about the ordinary, everyday, giving that we do spontaneously, without hesitation. Look around you: People open doors for people loaded with packages, people smile and say thank you to baristas, busboys and mail carriers. People let others scoot in front of them in cashier lines. People leave water bowls out for dogs who aren't their own. We don't even think about it. We naturally, unconsciously, give. Sure, there's the occasional bad apple who hoards and refuses to give, but for all the attention such miserly types get, they are few and far between. Giving feels good. Not just to the p ...
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Watch Jennifer Aniston, Amy Schumer and More Stars Join President Obama in a ... - People Magazine
Google News - about 1 year
People Magazine Watch Jennifer Aniston, Amy Schumer and More Stars Join President Obama in a ... People Magazine Also joining them in the powerful video are Kevin Bacon, Michael J. Fox, Olivia Munn, Sarah Silverman, Nathan Lane and Debra Messing. The PSA also has a site where you are encouraged to add your voice to the video. Since the mass shootings in San ... Watch Amy Schumer, Obama, Spike Lee in Powerful 'We Can End Gun Violence' PSARollingStone.com Jennifer Aniston, Sofia Vergara, Amy Schumer, & More Band With President Obama ...PerezHilton.com Jennifer Aniston, Amy Schumer join President Obama in call to end gun violenceEntertainment Weekly Mic -Nashua Telegraph -Breitbart News -Everytown for Gun Safety all 69 news articles »
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'X-Men' Star Shawn Ashmore Wants To Play Iceman As Gay
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The actor who brought Iceman to life in the blockbuster "X-Men" film series said he's open to playing the iconic character as gay in the future.  Most recently seen opposite Kevin Bacon in Fox's "The Following," Shawn Ashmore told IGN that having Bobby Drake, or Iceman, come out as gay would "probably be the most interesting thing that could happen" to the character.  "If they decided to take the story that way, it’d be incredibly dramatic, it’d be an interesting storyline, and it would give Bobby a great character arc," Ashmore said. Although he'd "definitely be open" to that character development, the 36-year-old actor is aware that the films have departed from the specifics of the comic book series a good deal.  "Obviously the comics and movies are separate," he said. "I wonder what the transition would be because we’ve sort of established Bobby as having a love interest in Rogue and having a love interest in sort of Kitty Pryde, but I think it’d be really interest ...
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Astoria Characters: The Artist Who's Sharing Her Easel
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A mommy, baby strapped to her stomach, is peering through a front window of SHASTYE Gallery and Play Space. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling SHASTYE Art Gallery and Play Space, 26-16 23rd Ave. The shop is so new that there's no sign outside, and she's trying to figure out what it is all about. The only thing she knows is that she feels drawn to the clean, white space. She starts snapping shots with her cell, hoping that they provide some answers. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Shasta's an artist. What the photos cannot tell her, Shasta Molnar, who has just arrived with her black-and-white polka-dotted Frenchton, Zoya, will. SHASTYE, she explains, is a fun art house for children. She called it SHASTYE, which means happiness in many Slovak languages, because that's how art makes her feel, and she hopes that every little girl and boy who comes in for art lessons and art-inspired activities will experience a similar joy. It's also a play on her name, Shasta, ...
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Mayim Bialik Shares Throwback Photo Of A Pre-'Friends' Jennifer Aniston
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Call Kevin Bacon because we've got another random Hollywood connection for you.  Mayim Bialik threw it back to 1990 with a #TBT tweet featuring a photo of Jennifer Aniston before her star-making role as Rachel Green on "Friends." "Yes this is me and Jennifer Aniston in my childhood bedroom. We did a show together before I did 'Blossom.' #tbt," the "Big Bang Theory" actress captioned the photo.  Yes this is me and Jennifer Aniston in my childhood bedroom. We did a show together before I did "Blossom." #tbt pic.twitter.com/DhgXVrUL1a — Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) December 3, 2015 Bialik and Aniston starred in the short-lived series "Molloy," which ran for seven episodes on Fox in 1990. Bialik played a precocious 11-year-old who is forced to live with her snobbish step-sister (Aniston), after her father is remarried and moves to Los Angeles.  This isn't the first time Bialik has posted the photo. She shared the exact same pic in 2013 with the caption, "Ok #tbt…he ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kevin Bacon
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 56
    In 2015, Kevin Bacon became a commercial spokesperson for the U.S. egg industry.
    More Details Hide Details Bacon has been married to actress Kyra Sedgwick since September 4, 1988; they met on the set of the PBS version of Lanford Wilson's play Lemon Sky. He has said: "The time I was hitting what I considered to be bottom was also the time I met my wife, our kids were born, good things were happening. And I was able to keep supporting myself; that always gave me strength." Bacon and Sedgwick have starred together in Pyrates, Murder in the First, The Woodsman, and Loverboy. They have two children, Travis Sedgwick (b. 1989) and Sosie Ruth (b. 1992). The family resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Bacon was previously in a five-year relationship with actress Tracy Pollan, in the 1980s. Bacon has spoken out for the separation of church and state, and told The Times in 2005 that he did not "believe in God." However, he has also said that he is not anti-religion.
    In 2015, he said in a Huffington Post interview and several magazines reported he would like to return to the Tremors franchise.
    More Details Hide Details However, Bacon doesn't appear in Tremors 5: Bloodline (2015). From 2012, Bacon has appeared in a major advertising campaign for the EE mobile network in the United Kingdom, based on the Six Degrees concept and his various film roles.
  • 2013
    Age 54
    In 2013, he won a Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television for that role.
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    From 2013 to 2015, Bacon starred as Ryan Hardy in the FOX television series The Following.
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  • 2012
    Age 53
    In March 2012, Bacon was featured in a performance of Dustin Lance Black's play, 8 — a staged reenactment of the federal trial that overturned California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage — as Attorney Charles J. Cooper.
    More Details Hide Details The production was held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre and broadcast on YouTube to raise money for the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
  • 2010
    Age 51
    On July 15, 2010, it was confirmed that Bacon would appear in Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class.
    More Details Hide Details His character was mutant villain Sebastian Shaw.
  • FORTIES
  • 2008
    Age 49
    Bacon and Sedgwick appeared in will.i.am's video "It's a New Day", which was released following Barack Obama's 2008 presidential win.
    More Details Hide Details The pair lost part of their savings in the Ponzi scheme of infamous swindler Bernard Madoff. Bacon and Sedgwick learned in 2011, via their appearance on the PBS TV show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, that they are 10th cousins, once removed. They also appeared in a video promoting the "Bill of Reproductive Rights," supporting among other things a woman's right to choose and access to birth control. Bacon is the subject of the trivia game titled Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, based on the idea that, due to his prolific screen career covering a diverse range of genres, any Hollywood actor can be linked to another in a handful of steps based on their association with Bacon. The name of the game derives from the idea of six degrees of separation. Though he was initially dismayed by the game, the meme stuck, and Bacon eventually embraced it, forming the charitable initiative SixDegrees.org, a social networking site intended to link people and charities to each other.
  • 2000
    Age 41
    In 2000, he appeared in Paul Verhoeven's Hollow Man.
    More Details Hide Details Bacon, Colin Firth and Rachel Blanchard depict a ménage à trois in their film, Where the Truth Lies. Bacon and director Atom Egoyan have condemned the MPAA ratings board decision to rate the film "NC-17" rather than the preferable "R". Bacon commented: "I don't get it, when I see films (that) are extremely violent, extremely objectionable sometimes in terms of the roles that women play, slide by with an R, no problem, because the people happen to have more of their clothes on." Bacon was again acclaimed for a dark starring role playing an offending pedophile on parole in The Woodsman (2004), for which he was nominated for best actor and recrived the Independent Spirit Award. He appeared in the HBO Films production of Taking Chance, based on an eponymous story written by Lieutenant Colonel Michael Strobl, an American Desert Storm war veteran. The film premiered on HBO on February 21, 2009. Bacon won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie for his role.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1995
    Age 36
    His next film, Murder in the First, earned him the Broadcast Film Critic's Association Award in 1995, the same year that he starred in the blockbuster hit Apollo 13.
    More Details Hide Details Bacon reverted to his trademark dark role once again in Sleepers (1996). This part starkly contrasted with his appearance in the lighthearted romantic comedy, Picture Perfect (1997). Bacon made his debut as a director with the television film Losing Chase (1996), which was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards, and won one. Bacon again resurrected his oddball mystique that year as a mentally-challenged houseguest in Digging to China and as a disc jockey corrupted by payola in Telling Lies in America. As the executive producer of Wild Things (1998), Bacon reserved a supporting role for himself and went on to star in Stir of Echoes (1999), directed by David Koepp.
  • 1994
    Age 35
    In 1994, Bacon earned a Golden Globe nomination for his role in The River Wild, opposite Meryl Streep.
    More Details Hide Details He described the film to Chase in Cosmopolitan as a "grueling shoot", in which "every one of us fell out of the boat at one point or another and had to be saved".
  • 1991
    Age 32
    By 1991, Bacon began to give up the idea of playing leading men in big-budget films and to remake himself as a character actor. "The only way I was going to be able to work on 'A' projects with really 'A' directors was if I wasn't the guy who was starring", he confided to The New York Times writer Trip Gabriel. "You can't afford to set up a $40 million movie if you don't have your star."
    More Details Hide Details He performed that year as gay prostitute Willie O'Keefe in Oliver Stone's JFK and went on to play a prosecuting attorney in the military courtroom drama A Few Good Men. Later that year he returned to the theater to play in Spike Heels, directed by Michael Greif.
  • 1990
    Age 31
    In 1990, Bacon had two successful roles.
    More Details Hide Details He played a character who saved his town from under-the-earth "graboid" monsters in the comedy/horror film Tremors, and he portrayed an earnest medical student experimenting with death in Joel Schumacher's Flatliners. In Bacon's next project he starred opposite Elizabeth Perkins in He Said, She Said. Despite lukewarm reviews and low audience turnout, He Said, She Said was illuminating for Bacon. Required to play a character with sexist attitudes, he admitted that the role was not that large a stretch for him.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 29
    In 1988, he starred in John Hughes' comedy She's Having a Baby and the following year he was in another comedy called The Big Picture.
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  • 1982
    Age 23
    In 1982, he won an Obie Award for his role in Forty Deuce, and soon afterward he made his Broadway debut in Slab Boys, with then-unknowns Sean Penn and Val Kilmer.
    More Details Hide Details However, it was not until he portrayed Timothy Fenwick that same year in Barry Levinson's film Dinercostarring Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, Tim Daly, and Ellen Barkinthat he made an indelible impression on film critics and moviegoers alike. Bolstered by the attention garnered by his performance in Diner, Bacon starred in the box-office smash Footloose (1984). Richard Corliss of TIME likened Footloose to the James Dean classic Rebel Without a Cause and the old Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland musicals, commenting that the film includes "motifs on book burning, mid-life crisis, AWOL parents, fatal car crashes, drug enforcement, and Bible Belt vigilantism." To prepare for the role, Bacon enrolled at a high school as a transfer student named "Ren McCormick" and studied teenagers before leaving in the middle of the day. Bacon earned strong reviews for Footloose, and he appeared on the cover of People magazine soon after its release.
  • 1981
    Age 22
    Some of his early stage work included Getting Out, performed at New York's Phoenix Theater, and Flux, at Second Stage Theatre during their 1981–1982 season.
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  • 1980
    Age 21
    In 1980, he had a prominent role in the slasher film Friday the 13th.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1975
    Age 16
    At age 16, in 1975, Bacon won a full scholarship to and attended the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts at Bucknell University, a state-funded five-week arts program at which he studied theater under Dr. Glory Van Scott.
    More Details Hide Details The experience solidified Bacon's passion for the arts. Bacon left home at age 17 to pursue a theater career in New York City, where he appeared in a production at the Circle in the Square Theater School. "I wanted life, man, the real thing", he later recalled to Nancy Mills of Cosmopolitan. "The message I got was 'The arts are it. Business is the devil's work. Art and creative expression are next to godliness.' Combine that with an immense ego and you wind up with an actor." Bacon's debut in the fraternity comedy National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) did not lead to the fame he had sought, and Bacon returned to waiting tables and auditioning for small roles in theater. He briefly worked on the television soap operas Search for Tomorrow (1979) and Guiding Light (1980–81) in New York.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1958
    Born
    Born on July 8, 1958.
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